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Toronto fires general manager

April 2, 2004

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— Glen Grunwald was fired as general manager by the Toronto Raptors on Thursday with two weeks left in a second straight losing season. Grunwald, the Raptors' GM for seven seasons, was replaced on an interim basis by Jack McCloskey, a former general manager of the Detroit Pistons.

Team president Richard Peddie said the new general manager would decide if coach Kevin O'Neill returns. Peddie added that Grunwald would advise the team on the draft.

Grunwald's contract expires at the end of this season. Peddie told Grunwald of his decision Monday, and allowed Grunwald to decide what date it would be announced.

"We didn't make the strides that we thought we would," Peddie said. "We're standing here with 30 wins. It's time for someone else to come up with a master plan."

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